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By land, and by sea

The Hamilton College women’s C-4 boat enters Upper Saranac Lake on the final day of the Adirondack Canoe Classic on Sunday, Sept. 9. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

A year ago, and for the foreseeable future, the second weekend of September in the Tri-Lakes has become a home to endurance sports. That’s because the three-day Adirondack Canoe Classic and the Lake Placid Ironman 70.3 are taking place at the same time.

The 36th annual Adirondack Canoe Classic took place on three consecutive days and began on Friday, Sept. 7. The Ironman 70.3 was held on Sunday for the second straight September in and around the Olympic Village of Lake Placid.

The Adirondack Canoe Classic, also known as the 90-Miler, featured approximately 250 canoes, kayaks and guideboats propeled by a field of around 600 paddlers. The race began in Old Forge and wrapped up Sunday at the state boat launch on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake.

Meanwhile, Lake Placid’s half-Ironman distance triathlon took place Sunday. It kicked off with a 1.2-mile swim in Mirror Lake, which was followed by a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. The event again drew a huge field as more than 2,300 triathletes began the race.

And when it came to the weather, conditions couldn’t have been much better for both events.

Triathletes are seen bundled up as they head out onto the 56-mile bike course Sunday, Sept. 9. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

The following photos are of some of the action that took place in both races.

The Campmor Voyageur canoe, powered by Russell Rayot, Mike Mazola, Amy Sauer, Ed Evans, Lauren Bino, Alex Crane and Nicole Nazy, shows some patriotic colors on the final day of the 90-Miler canoe race. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Competitors make their way from Mirror Lake into the transition area at the speedskating oval in Lake Placid. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Canoes, kayaks and guideboats take over a number of sites at Fish Creek Campground before the third and final day of the Adirondack Canoe Classic. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Katey Wilhelm, of Syracuse, runs next to her bike through the transition area. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

The father-daughter team of Chris Dyer and Rachel Samm prep their two-person guideboat, seen here, at Fish Creek Campground Sunday morning. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Shannon Mulcahy enters the 13.1-mile run course following her bike leg. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

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